Listening to the thick, crunchy sound of their albums, it's easy to forget that Death From Above is comprised of only two members: vocalist/ drummer Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler. When there's just two people jamming on stage, that leaves little room for error or disguises, but at their show at The Novo in downtown LA on Wednesday, the duo played a tight set that showcased their aggressive yet danceable sound beautifully.
Following a 10 year hiatus between their cherished debut You're A Woman, I'm A Machine and 2014's The Physical World, Death From Above (now sans the 1979) returned this year with Outrage! Is Now, arguably their best album to date. Having three albums of material helped DFA explore different corners of their sound, as the title track to their new album was augmented by the type of drum programming and synths found on Keeler's other project, the electronic group MSTRKRFT.
But for the most part, DFA fed their fans what they wanted: massive sheets of scuzzy bass over pummeling drums and scorched vocals. Death From Above has an immediately recognizable sound and in concert, it's clear there's not a lot of studio trickery that goes into creating it. Building momentum as their set went on, DFA finished the show with the punky, pugnacious "Pull Out," a high-energy exit song that sent fans off into the night with their blood still boiling.